Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, July 16, 2010

Suspect fleeing officers endangers children, ending in Felony charge; Overnight Felony arrests of note

07-16-10 Suspect fleeing officers endangers children, ending in Felony charge; Overnight Felony arrests of note

07-16-10 Suspect fleeing officers endangers children, ending in Felony charge; Overnight Felony arrests of note

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  Arrested: James D. Lively, 34, Meridian

   Charges: Eluding Police (F), 3 Warrant charges of Failure to Appear

    Boise Police Officers learned the suspect had $76,000 in warrants and one felony warrant. Yesterday afternoon (July 15th) at approximately 1:30 p.m. Officers confirmed information that indicated the suspect could be located at a home near S. Cole & W. McMullen streets (near Intermountain Gas). As officers prepared to make contact with the suspect he noticed the officers and fled on a motorcycle. At Cole & McMullen officers observed him run a red light and almost hit a woman with 4 children in the crosswalk. Officers did not pursue the speeding bike, for public safety reasons. Officers searching the neighborhood noticed a long skid mark at the end of McMullen, where it dead ends into a wall. The suspect apparently crashed his motorcycle and attempted to run off. Officers located the suspect and chase him on foot through the BK sports field before he jumped onto the balcony of an apartment. (the apartment turned out to be an acquaintance of his). Officers located him hiding in the utility closet off the balcony. The suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.  

TITLE 49 MOTOR VEHICLES CHAPTER 14 TRAFFIC -- ENFORCEMENT AND GENERAL PROVISIONS49-1404.Fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer-- Penalty. (1) Any driver of a motor vehicle who wilfully flees or attempts to elude a pursuing police vehicle when given a visual or audible signal to bring the vehicle to a stop, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. The signal given by a peace officer may be by emergency lights or siren. The signal given by a peace officer by emergency lights or siren need not conform to the standards for decibel ratings or light visibility specified in section 49-623(3), Idaho Code. It is sufficient proof that a reasonable person knew or should have known that the visual or audible signal given by a peace officer was intended to bring the pursued vehicle to a stop. (2)  An operator who violates the provisions of subsection (1) and while so doing: (a)  Travels in excess of thirty (30) miles per hour above the posted speed limit; (b)  Causes damage to the property of another or bodily injury to another; (c)  Drives his vehicle in a manner as to endanger or likely to endanger the property of another or the person of another; is guilty of a felony.

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 Warrant Arrested: Richard M. Walther, 20, Boise

  Warrant Charges:Rape (F)

    The suspect was taken into custody on an outstanding felony warrant for Rape yesterday.

   The arrest warrant stems from an ongoing investigation into an alleged rape that took place on January 1st of this year at a Boise bench home. Evidence indicates the suspect, who is well known to the juvenile teenage female victim, committed the offense. The incident was reported to police on January 2nd of this year. That investigative information was forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and resulted in the felony warrant.

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  Arrested: Benjamin R. Westover, 31, Boise

   Charges: Use of a Computer to Defraud (F), 3 counts of Fraud - No account (F)

    The suspect was taken into custody yesterday (July 15th) after a detailed investigation into more than $10,000.00 in checks written to local businesses over the last few months. Evidence indicates the suspect issued checks on a closed account and issued two counterfeit cashiers checks to businesses. Boise Police Financial Crimes Detectives have been working with the local businesses who reported the crimes starting in June of this year. The suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.  

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 Arrested: Peter A. Christesson, 21, Odessa Texas

  Charges:Burglary (F)

   Boise Police responded to a report of a theft at a retail store on the 8100 block of West Fairview yesterday (July 15th) at approximately 5:00 p.m. Store employees tell police that they witnessed the suspect conceal items and then leave the store without paying for them. Officers believe the suspect entered the store with the intent to commit the theft resulting in the burglary charge. The suspect was transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges.

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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure
Boise Police Public Information